When Eiichiro Oda created Luffy, he strove for a “manliness” similar to that of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball series. Oda said that he named his main character “Luffy” because he felt that the name suited him. When he later learned about the sailing term, “luffing”, he was delighted by the coincidence. In his prototype one-shots, “Romance Dawn”, Oda refined the artistic style and story elements before publishing the final product a year later as the first chapter of One Piece. In the second version of “Romance Dawn”, Luffy resembled his design at the beginning of the series. To please his readers, Oda added rubberization to Luffy for comic effect and tries to make the character straightforward.

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